Arsenal are still in negotiations with West Ham around England star Declan Rice, with the Gunners also closing in on signing Jurrien Timber as they prepare to mount a bid for Aurelien Tchouameni

 

Arsenal look set to once again be one of the Premier League’s biggest spenders in the transfer market this summer.

The Gunners have already sealed the £65m signing of Kai Havertz from Chelsea, with the German signing a contract that makes him the highest-earner at the Emirates. Mikel Arteta is still pushing for top target Declan Rice, with talks with West Ham still ongoing around a record £105m transfer.

The midfielder will likely be joined at the Gunners by Ajax defender Jurrien Timber. Arsenal have agreed a fee with the Dutch giants and it appears only a matter of time before the defender links up with Arteta’s squad, too.

Arteta will not stop there though and is now thought to be looking at moves for Real Madrid star Aurelien Tchouameni and Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte. To levy that spending, there will also be few exits from the club this summer, with Granit Xhaka having agreed a deal with Bayer Leverkusen and Thomas Partey being linked with a departure

Arsenal look set to once again be one of the Premier League’s biggest spenders in the transfer market this summer.

The Gunners have already sealed the £65m signing of Kai Havertz from Chelsea, with the German signing a contract that makes him the highest-earner at the Emirates. Mikel Arteta is still pushing for top target Declan Rice, with talks with West Ham still ongoing around a record £105m transfer.

The midfielder will likely be joined at the Gunners by Ajax defender Jurrien Timber. Arsenal have agreed a fee with the Dutch giants and it appears only a matter of time before the defender links up with Arteta’s squad, too.

Arteta will not stop there though and is now thought to be looking at moves for Real Madrid star Aurelien Tchouameni and Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte. To levy that spending, there will also be few exits from the club this summer, with Granit Xhaka having agreed a deal with Bayer Leverkusen and Thomas Partey being linked with a departure.

 

Balogun price set

Arsenal now value in-demand striker Folarin Balogun at a cool £50million ahead of what could be the most lucrative sale of their busy summer transfer window.

There’s certainly concrete interest in Balogun, with the Sun recently reporting that fellow London club Crystal Palace are keen on brokering a deal for the 22-year-old. AC Milan and bitter rivals Inter have also been tagged with interest, while German side RB Leipzig and newly-crowned Italian champions Napoli are claimed to be eyeing Balogun’s services, too.

 

 

Declan Rice ‘breakthrough’

And that deadline now looks very attainable with the Guardian reporting Arsenal have finally made a breakthrough in their talks with West Ham.

It is claimed the structure of the £105million deal is now close to being agreed with a medical expected later this week. The Gunners wanted to pay the fee over five instalments, but have budged and will now secure the deal with three payments over the next 24 months.

 

Declan Rice deadline set

Arsenal want Rice and Timber signed before they fly out to the United States for their pre-season tour.

Both transfers are understood to be advanced, although there is still some wrangling over structure and the breakdown of the deal. The move for Rice is set to smash their club record and likely the record fee paid for any British player – currently held by Jack Grealish.

It’s perhaps understandable then, that it may take a little time to get over the line. But Football.London claim they want both signed on the dotted line before July 16, when they fly Stateside. That gives the Gunners hierarchy a two-week buffer to get both deals officially wrapped up.

 

Edwards confirms his plan

Arsenal youngster Khayon Edwards has confirmed his intention to go out on loan next season.

The 19-year-old forward is unlikely to have too many chances with Arteta busily adding to his squad in all areas. And during an appearance on The Beautiful Game podcast he said: “I think that’s definitely in my plan to go on loan. Because obviously I’m 20 in September so I want to start seeing men’s football.

“If it suits me and everything is right within the club, I wouldn’t mind [going on loan abroad].”

 

Merson sends Havertz warning

Paul Merson has insisted Arsenal fans should be “buzzing” with the signing of Kai Havertz, but warned he could follow the same path as Mesut Ozil.

“Arsenal should be buzzing with Kai Havertz, he makes them a better team. The only problem I could see with Havertz is similar to that experienced by Mesut Ozil at Arsenal. If it’s not going well, Havertz doesn’t look too interested,” he told Sky Sports.

“That’s just down to the way he plays, it’s just the way certain players are, it’s not that he’s not trying. If you’re having a good game Havertz looks elegant, silky, but if it’s not going well, people will say he’s not running around or trying. That’s his only problem, but make no mistake, he improves Arsenal.”

 

 

Southampton boss drops Lavia hint

Southampton boss Russell Martin has hinted he has accepted he will lose Arsenal target Romeo Lavia this summer.

“I hope I can convince some people to stay who were happy 50-50 about it. I think there will be some players who we can’t avoid who will be back in the Premier League,” he said.

“That’s the nature of the game and some of them will be far too attractive to Premier League teams and will want to go and play in the Premier League. You have to respect that.

“I will try my very best with the work that we do and the way we treat and interact with the players, we’ll try our very best to keep some players who maybe weren’t sure – or maybe some people weren’t sure on.”

 

 

 

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